The Minors (and a quick Yankee report).

Yankee Stadium Frieze

One note on the big boys before I get into the minor league report. The Orioles lost last night while the Yanks were off, which means the Yanks are tied for first with Baltimore. The Yanks have a big weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend.

AL East Standings:
YANKEES 42-37 —
Orioles 42-37 —
Tampa Bay 42-39  -1
Toronto 42-39  -1
Boston 37-44  -6

Ok, on to the minor league report.

AAA: SWB won 14-2. 2 R in 5 IP for Luis Severino. He is now 4-0, 1.96 for AAA after going 2-2, 3.32 at AA. The 21 year old has an overall record of 6-2, 2.61 in 15 starts this season. For his minor league career, he is 20-11, 2.33.

OF Ben Gamel, grand slam. DH Kyle Roller 3 hits, 3 rbi. 3B Cole Figueroa 3 h, 2 rbi. 1B Rob Segedin 2h, HR, 2 RBI. 17 hits for the Railriders, and every starter got at least one.

AA: 11-3 win for Trenton. A scoreless inning for Andrew Bailey as he continues his comeback. 3B Jose Rosario 3 for 3, 4 rbi. HR for 1B Greg Bird. SS Ali Castillo 2 h, 2 rbi. 3 hits for LF Danny Oh.

High A: Tampa won 4-1. Chaz Hebert 1 R, 7 IP. C Wes Wilson 2 hits, HR, 2 RBI.

A: Charleston lost 4-1. Matt Wotherspoon 1 R in 7 IP. DH Jorge Mateo and 1B Chris Breen each had two hits.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost to Lehigh Valley 3-2 in 10 innings. Jaron Long pitched six scoreless innings. C Austin Romine three hits. CF Ben Gamel, RF Aaron Judge and 3B Cole Figueroa 2 hits each, rbi for Figueroa.

AA: Trenton lost 2-0, getting only two hits in the process.

High A: Tampa lost 5-1. Jacoby Ellsbury, on rehab, played CF and was 1 for 3 (single). Tampa had only four hits.

A: Charleston lost 2-1. 3B Isaias Tejeda 2 hits. SS Jorge Mateo got his 53rd SB.

Game 79. Yanks edge Angels, 3-1.

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It isn’t pretty sometimes, but Nathan Eovaldi is 8-2. The ERA is still 4.52 and sometimes he doesn’t go as deep in games as you may like, but I’ll take the 8-2.

He pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings yesterday to gain the win as the Yanks beat the Angels 3-1.

The Yanks scored in the third on a single by Gregorius, a sac bunt by Drew and an RBI single by Headley.

Garret Jones homered (5) in the sixth to make it 2-0.

Chasen Shreve got out of a bases-loaded, one out jam in the bottom of the sixth to keep it 2-0. Mark Teixeira helped with some fine defense.

With one out in the top of the eighth, McCann singled, Jones walked and Young singled to load the bases. Gregorius’ single made it 3-0.

Mike Trout homered in the bottom of the eighth to make it 3-1, the final score.

Eovaldi (W, 8-2, 4.52) 5 1/3 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 walks and 3 K.
Shreve 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.64. He’s been great.
Wilson 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.21.
Betances (7th save) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 walks and 2 K. 1.13.

Headley had 3 hits and an rbi. 2 hits for Young (red hot) and 2 hits and an RBI for Gregorius.

The Yanks are off today. They are back home and have a big weekend series vs. the Tampa Bay Rays. We’ll see if Ellsbury returns to the Yanks this weekend.

The standings. Four AL East teams within one game.

Baltimore 42-36 —
YANKEES 42-37  – 1/2
Tampa Bay  42-38  -1
Toronto 42-38  -1
Boston 36-44  -7

Taylor Dugas, who  between AA and AAA, was only hitting .198-0-13, got a callup. Why Dugas, a lefty-hitting OF and not someone else? I’ll let the LOHUD Yankees blog explain. This was written before yesterday’s game. The Yanks didn’t need Dugas or Beltran in yesterday’s game.

Clearly this is an unusual situation. If the Yankees knew Beltran’s injury were going to require a disabled list stint, they surely would have recalled Ramon Flores, but Flores can’t come up yet without putting someone on the DL, and the Yankees aren’t sure they need to do that with Beltran. Basically, they need an extra position player to fill out the bench for a game or two, and Dugas fits the role, despite his ugly numbers in the minors and the fact he wasn’t even invited to big league camp.

“We paid attention,” Joe Girardi said. “He had a tremendous year last year, a guy who really grinds out at-bats and plays hard. We knew who he was.”

This call-up might last only a game. If Beltran’s legitimately hurt, Flores will surely return, and there’s a solid chance Jacoby Ellsbury will be ready by Friday. Right now, the Yankees are hoping Beltran will also be available on Friday. Beltran said he’s ready to test his ribcage/oblique mid-game to see if he’s available to pinch hit, but Girardi said he’ll only ask Beltran to do that if absolutely necessary.

Ideally, the Yankees would like to give Beltran tonight and tomorrow off, then reevaluate the situation.

“Today I woke up feeling better,” Beltran said. “We do some tests, movement. I just feel like tight, but I don’t feel the pain I feel when I took the swing. Of course, I have to go to the cage and test it out.”

For now, the Yankees have their extra outfielder. On Friday, they’ll figure out if they need something more than a temporary placeholder.

“That’s a good sign that (Beltran) doesn’t wake up and feel really sore,” Girardi said. “So we won’t make any move concerning him, and we’ll see what happens in a couple days when we get back.”

• To make room on the roster — both the 25-man and the 40-man — Esmil Rogers has once against been outrighted to Triple-A. He’s off the 40-man again, which is surely good news for Bryan Mitchell and Nick Rumbelow, who get to stick around at least a little longer.

The Minors.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Jacoby Ellsbury was scratched from his scheduled start for Tampa because of general fatigue in his legs. He is rehabbing from a knee strain.

AAA: SWB blew a 7-1 lead in losing to Lehigh Valley 12-8. Chris Martin gave up six runs in 1 2/3 IP of relief. CF Aaron Judge went 4 for 4. 2B Rob Refsnyder and DH Austin Romine each had 3 rbi, Romine hitting a HR. SS Cole Figueroa had two hits.

AA: Trenton won 4-3 in 12. Brady Lail 1 R in 6 IP (2.40). 1B Greg Bird 3 hits, rbi. CF Jake Cave and LF Danny Oh 2 hits each. HR 2B Jose Rosario. C Eddy Rodriguez with the game-winning hit.

High A: Tampa won 3-2. Rookie Davis (3.15) 2 R in 7 IP. DH Dante Bichette, Jr. 2 h, rbi. Alex Smith two scoreless IP of relief for the win.

A: Charleston won 10-4. 3 h, 2 rbi CF Austin Aune. DH Isaias Tejeda 3 h, rbi. 1B Leonard Thompson 2 doubles, 3 rbi.

Game 78. Yanks’ O-woes continue in 2-1 loss.

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The Yanks got only two hits last night in losing 2-1 to the Angels. It was their third loss in a row, and in their last four losses, they have scored a total of three runs.  (0, 1, 1, 1).

Ivan Nova was great, pitching shutout ball until he gave up back-to-back HRs to Albert Pujols (#544 of his career) and Manny Aybar leading off the sixth. Adam Warren made his first relief appearance of the season.

The only Yankees’ run came on a second inning HR by Mark Teixeira. Teix’s 19th HR of the season was #382 of his career, tying Frank Howard and Jim Rice on the all-time list.

Nova (L, 1-1, 1.50) 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 walks, 7 K.
Warren 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K.  3.48

The Yanks end June at 41-37 and in third place in the AL East, 1/2 game behind the Orioles and Rays. Toronto is in fourth, just one game behind the leaders. The Yanks are now 1/2 out of the last wild card spot.

Hopefully the bats heat up soon.

Carlos Beltran is feeling a tightness and pinch in his rib cage. We’ll see what develops.

The Minors. Ellsbury on rehab.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

AAA: SWB lost 8-1. Jose De Paula, DFA’d, cleared waivers, reassigned to AAA, gave up 6 R in 2 IP. 2 hits each for 2B Rob Refsnyder and 3B Cole Figueroa.

AA: Trenton won 3-2 in 13. Eric Ruth 1 R in 6 1/3 (1.97). Andrew Bailey, attempting a comeback, 1 R in 1 1/3 IP. Connor Mulee 4 scoreless innings of relief for the win. 1B Greg Bird 2 h, solo HR. 3 hits for 3B Jose Rosario. LF Jake Cave 2 h, rbi. 2 hits CF Mark Payton. C Gary Sanchez off of the DL.

High A: Tampa lost 2-0 in 12. Gabriel Encinas 7 scoreless IP. Evan Rutckyj with 4 scoreless. Tampa managed only three hits. Jacoby Ellsbury, on rehab, 0 for 3 with a strikeout. He didn’t play the field, just DH’d.

A:   Charleston split a DH.

Game 1: Won 4-1. C Collin Staybaugh 2 h, rbi. Jordan Foley 6 strong IP.

Game 2: 4-2 loss. RF Alexander Palma 2 hits.

Game 77. Yanks lose to Angels, 4-1. Warren moving to bullpen.

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The Yanks lost to the Angels, last night, 4-1. In their last three losses, the Yanks have scored, 0, 1 and 1 run (Thursday, Sunday and yesterday, Monday). Hopefully the bats break out soon.

The Yanks have lost six of their last nine games. They are now 41-36, still 1/2 game behind Tampa Bay and Baltimore, in third place in the AL East. Toronto is in fourth, one game back, in a very close division. What the teams do between now and the trade deadline as far as making a big deal could mean the division. It’s a tossup right now. Right now, the Yanks are the second wild card.

CC Sabathia went 7 1/3, giving up 4 runs, including HR to superstar Mike Trout and to C.J. Cron, and an RBI double to Albert Pujols.  Trout also played some excellent defense, robbing some Yanks of key hits.

The only Yanks’ run came on an RBI single by A-Rod. The hit enabled Alex to pass Wade Boggs on the all-time hit list with 3011. Next up is Rafael Palmeiro at 3020.

Sabathia (L, 3-8, 5.59) 7 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Rumbelow 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk, 1 K, 6. 75.

From the LOHUD Yankees blog:

Although Girardi said pregame that the Yankees would stay on rotation, leaving Warren in line to start Wednesday’s series finale, Warren told The Daily News that he’s being moved into the bullpen. The move gives the Yankees what should be the right-handed reliever they’ve been looking for. It also takes care of some workload concerns for Warren, who’s already thrown more innings than in either of the past two seasons.

But it also takes away one of the Yankees’ most reliable starters, and leaves room for the guy with eight losses and a 5.59 ERA.

My note: It also takes out of the rotation the Yankees starter that happens to have the lowest ERA.